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LEWIS PROUD OF CITY RESPONSE

15 January 2023

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Harry Lewis spoke positively of the Bantams' fight and grit - as 10-man City saw out a 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

City’s No.1 was pleased with the team’s spirit and leadership to protect one another, as Jamie Walker’s sending off on the hour mark meant Mark Hughes' men would play the final 30 minutes a player short.

Lewis also hailed City’s shift in mentality, and how well they reacted to the setback, admitting going a man down activated a “fight mode” which allowed the Bantams to travel back to West Yorkshire with a point. 

“Obviously, we were disappointed we did not get the three points,” he said.

“We came here to win the game, as we have targets of automatic promotion. But, I feel like we can be proud of our fight.

“It is two points dropped, but given the circumstances, we can be proud of our response. 

“For me, that shows the team spirit and leadership, to pull together and help each other.

“There are going to be times when we are going to help our mates out, because everyone makes mistakes, and we have to protect each other. 

“We know in this league, you are not going to play well every week, and the main thing about coming here was making sure we did not lose.

“It was important to come away with something, and we did it well under the circumstances.

“When a red card comes, you go into this fight mode. We go from playing nice football and speeding everything up, to then slowing everything down. To still control parts of the game pleased us.

“It had to be an immediate shift, and we did that and got the clean sheet.”

Lewis, who was awarded Player of the Match for several important stops, was pleased with his self-determination to deny Dons winger Ethan Chislett from converting another free-kick against the Bantams.

The Shrewsbury-born stopper also called for another sharp performance next week, when City play host to Carlisle United, in the hope they can better their last result against the Cumbrians.

Lewis added: “With the free-kick, I was wary, because he had scored against me last time, and in the week he hit the post. I believe, though, that you always have to cover your side of the goal.

“So, in my mind, I would have been disappointed if that went in. Goalkeeping is always about moments, and in that moment, my team needed me.

“It is a team effort, so that clean sheet is credit to everyone. 

“We have got to be going into Saturday believing we are the favourites and being threatening. 

“We play to win, but it is also important to not lose, so we have got to be sensible about it, and do better than last time.

“We have to cause more problems than they cause us, and that is what we are looking to do next week.”

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